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A campaign bus is a bus used as both a vehicle and a center of operations in a political campaign. The modern use of campaign buses is often calculated to bring to mind whistlestop train tour tours that political candidates had historically used to reach large numbers of voters while campaigning by train.

The use of the campaign bus runs at least as early as the 1940s, when The New Republic reported that 1948 presidential contender Thomas E. Dewey was "waylaid... in his campaign bus" by a charmed female admirer who "told him she would vote for him because he was 'so pink and pretty'".[1] Candidates may provide interviews to the press or relax on the campaign bus. Some buses may have names; John McCain traveled aboard a campaign bus named the "Straight Talk Express" during his 2000 presidential campaign.


  1. ^ Herbert David Croly, The New Republic (1948), p.10


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